This week, introduces the English for football phrase ‘to move up a gear‘. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. The list of weekly football phrases from 2007-08 can be found here. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

This week’s English for football is to find another gear. This phrase is used when a team suddenly improves, becomes a lot better, plays faster and more effectively. Sometimes in a match or in the race to become champions a team is in danger of losing or is caught by another team. It looks like they will be beaten or lose the race to be crowned champions. If they can overcome their difficulties, if they can defeat their rivals, we say they have found another gear.

Now, this season in the Premier League, Manchester United have always managed to find another gear at important moments. At the end of the season they went on a poor run, but ended by finding another gear to win their last two league games and become champions.


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